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Operation Harrier is an action game starring Britain's famous VTOL aircraft. It uses an enhanced version of the Rotoscape system first used in Creative Materials' earlier Rotox: the own plane is seen from the top and when steering left or right the polygonally rendered background rotates around it. A new addition is the ability to change altitude.

The game consists of several missions, each with a specific goal like destroying an enemy cruiser or power plant or defending an airfield from enemy fighters. Before a mission, the Harrier can be armed with a variety of weapons, including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles as well as two types of bombs. Standard armament is a forward-firing cannon with unlimited ammunition. A radar screen and a map help finding the enemy during a mission. Fuel is limited, but in some missions in-air refueling is possible. While the Harrier can survive a few hits, it can also be repaired (and refueled) after mission's end. Sometimes it is also possible to make a mid-mission resupply landing at a friendly base.


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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Nov, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Nov, 1990 82 out of 100 82
The One Amiga Oct, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Atari ST User Atari ST Nov, 1990 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Action Amiga Oct, 1990 67 out of 100 67
Amiga Format Amiga Oct, 1990 64 out of 100 64
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Oct, 1990 613 out of 1000 61
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Dec, 1990 6.8 out of 12 57
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1990 6.8 out of 12 57
PC Leisure DOS Nov, 1990 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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